Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How to ask for things

I mentioned about a year ago about a particular kind of sales pitch that really irritates me - basically when they're trying to sell you some service to improve your business (or whatever) but they're really insulting about it. So instead of just saying "we do great jobs with lawns" it's like a guy leaving you a note on your door saying "your lawn really, really sucks. It's the ugliest in the neighborhood. Oh, and by the way, I do lawns." And you know, even if I agree and I just haven't gotten to it yet, that's the last person I'm going to have help out.

I actually haven't gotten a whole lot of those lately - maybe people are figuring out that it's a bad approach - but with the economic scare now it's more like "You must be really desperate to sell anything! You had better offer me a huge discount!". Um, no. And welcome to my blocked bidder list... and like some of those notes in the earlier post, there's a kind of form letter quality to it - you wonder if they're just fishing with a ton of people to see what they can get, or they're running a scam and step 1 is just to identify some people so desperate that they'll put up with being insulted and deal anyway. Very strange.


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